Last month Huawei sold its sub-brand Honor to Shenzen-based Zhixin New Information Technology company. Now a new report claims that Qualcomm is in talks with Honor to supply its processors for future Honor smartphones. The chipmaker had announced its flagship Snapdragon 888 with X60 5G modem earlier this month.
The report adds that Honor is optimistic about the negotiations and both parties are close to reaching an agreement. In another report, Honor CEO Zhao Ming explicitly stated that the company aims to become the top smartphone brand in China’s mobile market.
Qualcomm in talks with Honor to supply chipsets for future devices
At the recent Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon revealed that he is excited to partner and work with Honor. Amon was quoted as saying, ‘Qualcomm is very pleased with the emergence of a new participant in the market. It will bring more consumption potential to the market and consumers will like it. I like the vitality of the Chinese mobile phone market and hope that Honor can bring more good products. But now everything has just begun, and we will also have a dialogue.’
The US-China trade war has severely impacted Huawei and its former sub-brand Honor to conduct any business with American technology companies. These include Intel, Google, Qualcomm and Microsoft. This forced the Chinese brand to develop its own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as an alternative to Google Mobile Services. Qualcomm was also barred from selling chipsets to the smartphone maker.
However, now that Honor has separated from Huawei, the company that now owns the e-brand will likely request the US administration to help restore relationships with US companies. Back in February, it was reported that Google has applied to the US government to resume business dealings with Huawei. If the search engine giant receives the green light, it can restore Google Mobile Servies on both Huawei and Honor devices.
Honor will reportedly launch its upcoming V40 series of smartphones using MediaTek chipsets. It was previously expected to feature Kirin 9000 SoC that powers the Mate 40 series.